The Maze Runner
How would you react if you couldn’t remember your name or who you were, and woke up in dark hole? That is the initial scene of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner. Thomas, the protagonist, wakes to find he can’t remember his name and life, trapped in some insidious maze with a group of boys. I loved this scene. It hooked me when I read it, and did again in the new movie release, The Maze Runner.
The Maze Runner movie is a thrill ride for kids and adults. The suspense builds throughout the movie as Thomas learns that no one knows how to leave the maze and terrifying creatures hunt those that venture outside of the only safe zone, called the Glade. The pace of the movie was fast. Expect to sit on the edge of your seat until the end.
As with the book, I liked the movie side characters much more than the protagonist. I loved how Dashner developed the side characters by getting the reader emotionally attached to them. It made Thomas’ (the hero) choices throughout the series harder.
The movie stayed pretty well with the book, a hard thing to do in movie adaptations. I would’ve liked to have seen Teresa play a bigger role in the movie, but realize there was only so much a director can add to the story without making it too long. There were some “what?” moments when some of the movie characters diverged from the book, but overall, I enjoyed it from the start all the way to the end.
If you are in search of a thrilling science fiction dystopia without the over killed romance theme, then check this movie out.
5 out of 5 Starships